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Most college students are filled with questions about how they'll do academically, where they'll find friends, and how they'll fit into the college environment. But for LGBTQ+ students, these worries are often magnified tenfold. Campus Pride, an organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, conducted a landmark survey in 2010 that found 23% of LGBTQ+ students and 39% of transgender students experienced some form of identity-related harassment on their campus. Many respondents from both groups reported being the target of derogatory remarks, being stared at, or being singled out as the "resident authority" for their identity on campus.
This study, and others like it, lay bare the challenge of making college campuses a place of acceptance and growth for LGBTQ+ students. The good news is that many schools have made incredible strides in this area by instituting new policies, educational programs, and other measures to increase awareness and help LGBTQ+ students thrive.
Using data from leading LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, reports from students and faculty, and a comprehensive range of LGBTQ-inclusive factors, Best Accredited Colleges created this definitive list of the top 50 colleges for LGBTQ+ students that will help you choose a college where you'll be supported and safe.
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